Mel Jones /// Make Better Choices /// E039
Mel Jones is a multi-talented producer and director. A Howard University graduate, she earned her MFA at the American Film Institute in Producing. Jones worked in development at Participant Media under producer Jonathan King and marketing guru Ricky Strauss. A Project Involve Fellow, Jones assisted veteran producer and LA Film Festival director, Stephanie Allain – a gig which turned into a five-year stint as producer of Diversity Speaks, one of the festival’s signature programs. She served as Associate Producer on Justin Simien’s Sundance hit, Dear White People, as a Producer on Wade and Jesse Allain-Marcus’ French Dirty, Gerard McMurray’s Burning Sands and Clark Johnson’s Juanita a Netflix Original. She made her directorial debut with Leimert Park, an indie episodic that premiered at Sundance 2018. She is President of Production for Homegrown Pictures.
Topics we cover:
Social Justice being a Choice
Growing up in Virginia
Her dad's impact to her desire to tell stories
Her time at Howard
Her time in Thailand
Impact Discovery had on her career
Living in the "Hood" and her perspective of it
Gentrification and HBCU going away from their roots
Importance of Intuition
Masculinity and Femininity
Lemert Park, it's release and why it was delayed at the time
Which university is 85% white?
Definition of Hood
HBCU Story Tiago at Moorehouse
'Dear White People'
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